This delicately crafted artist's journal offers colorful impressions of a young woman's extended visit in Kyoto, Japan. Williamson's watercolors are playful, bright and spare, and each section illustrates a theme or topic that has inspired the artist/author over her travels to a country devoted to attention to detail. For example, Williamson explores numerous rituals of dining, such as offering a guest green tea accompanied by a piece of wagashi, or bean paste confection, and illustrates over two pages the elegant lunch she ordered at a temple serving shojin ryori, the vegetarian cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks. The sacred rope that unites the "male" and "female" rocks of the Shinto site Meoto-Iwa warrants both an intimate view (the rope) and a full, breathtaking seascape of the wedded rocks. Williamson renders eye-catching holidays from August's O'bon, featuring a trio of three white-socked and sandaled feet under pink kimonos, to April's stately sakura (cherry blossom) season. Some of the people Williamson depicts are sumo wrestlers wearing headphones and riding the subway, and two geishas side by side in full regalia—one apprentice, the other professional. For travelers to Japan, and those who treasure their visit, this is a splendid record. 350 color illus. (Mar.)
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As soon as you open her book... everything from cherry blossoms to breathtaking seascapes, you'll fall in love (with Japan) as well. -- Radiant, Winter 2007
Best Postcollege Memoir: An insightful journal with text and illustrations of the wonders and oddities she saw. -- Glamour Magazine, April 2006
watercolors and text that explores everything from washi paper to karaoke etiquette (hint: singing Elton John, okay; Mariah Carey, not). -- Travel + Leisure, April 2006
I've bought this book for several different people. It's a great book to give to people who have an interest in Japan, art journaling, sketching or everyday drawing. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carin Wallace
Found this book in a thrift shop, bought it because it looked pretty, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William R. Meyers
Loved the illustrations! It makes for great coffee table reading material.Published 8 months ago by Dan
Kate Williamson has an eye for the subtle yet beautiful details that prevail in Japanese culture. I couldn't put the book down, it was just so beautiful and delightful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by kristi
Whimsical observations with exquisite illustrations. Lovely coffe table book.Published 13 months ago by Mary Karen McClelland
Beautifully illustrated and a humble look at Japan and all it's uniqueness. A good book to have when traveling there. I love amazon and their affiliates. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A Balkin
I enjoy the lovely artistic art work by Kate T. Williamson. I love how she shares about the simple things from the japanese culture. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephanie R.
I loved this book as itgave me a very personal insight to a "westerner" (for a lack of better words) living in Japan, a country so very different from ours. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stefania Lebrun
This book is an extremely short, highly romanticized mini journal of selective accounts on Japanese culture. Each page is about a paragraph long. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mist